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One of my favorite things about being part of the global community of makers, is meeting other makers and getting inspired by the work they are doing. With all of the business of running a small business, personal engagement time with other creatives is not always possible. However, there seems to be a new genre of magazine popping up that is helping me do this from the comfort of my own beach chair.  With a billion digital images bombarding me in a constant stream online, there is something centering, almost nostalgic, about sitting down with physical, printed material.  So if these are the sort of things that feed your soul: read on.

Trouvé

 'Trouvé is a bi-annual printed magazine celebrating the creative lifestyle and those who live it. Trouvé literally means "to find" (French). [Their] pages document stories of found creativity, passion and hard work; giving tips, inspiration, and thoughts along the way.'

I first stumbled upon Trouvé in the flagship Anthropologie store in Portland while on spring break.  Since I could afford little else in the store, and nearly had a panic attack trying to find my way around, a magazine about makers was just what i needed for my trip to the beach.  They were so pretty that I think I actually grabbed two volumes.  This felt like a breakthrough for me, as i often 'splurge' and buy a People magazine when I'm planning to have some veg out time.  But, honestly, these are the 'people' I would much rather be reading about!  (And actually have a far better chance of recognizing).  I was thrilled to see one of my favorite letterpress artists, Brown Parcel Press
(http://brownparcelpress.com/), featured in volume 4.  I think I actually woke Kevin up from next to me in bed, squealing with delight, "That's my calendar!"  I loved reading the back story of this mother/daughter team from rural Georgia.
And just a few pages later, such a lovely feature on the growing, family operation of Peg and Awl in Philadelphia (http://pegandawlbuilt.com/)  I have chatted with Margaux on two different occasions at craft events, and seen her little boys happily running around, and they are every bit as lovely and passionate about their work as they appear.
From cover to cover, Trouvé is a treasure chest of gorgeous photos and inspiring stories of people doing what they love.   You can get copies of volumes 2, 3 and 4 at http://www.trouvemag.com/purchase/ or at select stores also listed on their website.

WOVEN

'Woven Magazine exists to celebrate artists, craftsmen, and makers alike to share their stories of fear and triumph, risk and return.'
This stunning publication is put together by wife and husband team, Christi and Jeremy Barnes out of Seattle. In Christi's words, 'we look for craftsmen, makers, and artists that inspire us with their presentation, their story, and their commitment to integrity and excellence...My favorite part about Woven is meeting such humbly talented individuals and teams. Nothing tops sitting down with a virtual stranger and after a day of questions over coffee, leaving with a treasure trove of wisdom, and a sincere connection. It's why we travel as much as possible to meet with everyone we interview, to get to know them in person and understand their humanity rather than just their technique.'  
In other words, makers are people, too.  And Woven does a brilliant job presenting just that.  With each story, you get more than just a sense of a product, you get a real feel for process.  And the makers range from potters to weavers to creative food artists, even other magazine makers.  
My favorite story from the most recent issue featured winemaker Rachel Silkowski of the label RASI (http://www.rasiwine.com/).  I immediately wanted to meet her and taste her wine (not that it takes a lot of convincing for me to drink wine...).  You get a sense that her wine is a human-guided, natural process.  The labels on her first release each bore a drop of the wine that was inside the bottle.
The style of the whole magazine is accessible and engaging.  I suggest you get your own copy at http://wovenmagazine.com/.  Issues one and two are out, and three is in the works for the fall!

MAKER'S MAGAZINE

I stumbled upon the Maker's Magazine while I was down a rabbit hole on Instagram one fortunate evening.  This magazine is the twice yearly publication of a platform called Maker's Movement:
'We embrace the slow, present and conscious process of handmade and believe it holds a very unique place in the global marketplace. When you shop handmade, you receive genuine items that have been deeply contemplated from start to finish; whether functional or aesthetic, you receive carefully crafted works of art. When you shop handmade, it's more than just a sale; you gently remind the maker that their creative path is one worth pursuing.'
 Maker's Magazine has a vibrant, full-color aesthetic. Drawings and pictures of final products are featured much more heavily than photos of the artist's themselves.  As the pages turn, I feel drawn into the brain of the maker, in their own words and in their work unfolding before your eyes.
 Editor Samantha Shaw adds, ' We’re always mindful of the process, quality, aesthetic, intention, values, and storytelling. For us, it’s about connecting with like-minded creatives. If we’re moved by someone’s story and think it would be of interest to the community, we share it! The handmade market is heavily saturated right now – lots of busy hands – so we really enjoy slowing down and taking the time to learn about the individual & inspiration behind pieces that leap out at us from the masses... You’ll find nature and mindfulness as a recurring theme, and I’ve been weak for blues for a while now, hence next issue’s theme: The Blues.'
Issue 2, focusing on Morning, accompanied me on my vacation last week to the Canadian Okanogan.  In the cool, early hours, I sat lakeside with a cup of coffee and blanket on my lap, soaking in the delicious details and descriptions of creative mornings.  I only needed a few pages each morning, there was such richness in each snippet.  
Maker's Magazine also features recipes.  Lemon Curd, anyone?  Violet Honey?  Yes, please.  You get an invitation into the making.  This is no secret club.  You, too, can create!
Issue 3: The Blues will drop January 2017, but you can get your hands on the first 2 issues here: http://makersmovement.co/shop/magazine/.  And the prices are in Canadian dollars, so if you pay in American dollars, it's a total steal!  I don't want to give away any surprises, but your magazine is likely to arrive with additional goodies; who doesn't love  morning-inspired mini posters and iron-on patches?
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Thanks to all of the creative minds that contribute to making these publications a success!  As a maker, staying inspired can be hard work in itself, but each of you sheds a little more light on the journey.  


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